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Local leaders revisit big plans for growing population

Posted February 24, 2010

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— One year ago, local leaders gathered to look at the future for the Triangle.

At an event sponsored by a group called Triangle Tomorrow, The Urban Land Institute and the Research Triangle Park Partnership, 600 attendees from five counties heard that more than 1 million people would move to the area in the next 20 years.

This was no ordinary lecture. Participants used toys to build a vision for how new people and jobs fit the Triangle's future.

"The Legos are used as a representation of new homes, new jobs," said Fred Day, former CEO of Progress Energy.

"The yarn is used as transportation. It's seems like a game, but you'll see it's not a game. It's serious. It's about creating a vision for this region for the next 20 or 30 years."

Those who attended agreed to three big goals: improving regional transit, creating vibrant city centers and preserving green space.

They will meet again Wednesday for a status update. The meeting runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts.

"The decisions we make today are the decisions that will be defining the next several decades of growth in this region," Day said.

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  • jet2rdu Feb 24, 2010

    Due to the economy of the last 12 months, the growth in the Triangle population , both LEGO and ILLEGO isn't what it was as they forcasted a year ago.

  • enigma1469 Feb 24, 2010

    Growth should be completely funded with private $ including making them responsible for roads and other public needs. Why should Walmart get to build a building, and then the State has to pay for roads to ease congestion.

  • josep4567 Feb 24, 2010

    GROW IN QUALITY ,NOT QUANTITY!

  • Zworks Feb 24, 2010

    Planning should start with the City. Our Raleigh City council and planning commission use little thought when considering the future. Ex. re-zoning to high density multi-family just beside the Neuse River (upwards of 600 units), egress to a two-lane road and a bridge the State rates at 65% (sub-standard). Too much money influence and too many land use lawyers. We'll all be sorry when the powers to be continue to plan nilly-willy.

  • affirmativediversity Feb 24, 2010

    Let's put this to rest...these leeches are hardly the poster children for Capatilism!!!

    Their entire plan for the future is almost wholely dependent on GOVERNMENT/TAXPAYERS HANDOUTS!

    If they were true Capitalists and believed in their light rail system then THEY WOULD PAY FOR IT...then they could reap the profits!

    I don't want these jokers deciding how to spend MY MONEY when they are obviously looking for a way NOT TO SPEND THEIRS!

  • time4real Feb 24, 2010

    ahh yes, the Lego plan. Someone should tell them to take their blocks and go on home. Growth has all but stopped, for several years now. If they think it's coming back in mass anytime soon they'd be better off eating those legos. Cause they gonna be hungry before tax revs jump as much as they did a decade ago. word is out, NC is not the place to be now. They elected a nimrod as Gov. and they are the 2nd highest taxed state in the southeast and we're about to go #1 cause Bev ain't got no other way.

  • lizard78 Feb 24, 2010

    Wealthy people not only pay the most taxes. They invest in the market, own businesses hire contractors to build them thing, shop local stores, ect.
    I'm don't make much money, but I don't understand why people hate the wealthy.

  • targetcoolone Feb 24, 2010

    . Nor do I share your opinion that wealthy people create jobs. Sorry to bust the fallacy guy but - wealthy people eliminate jobs for profit.

    I guess you should look up who pays the most taxes in this county. Here is the link if you cannot be bothered to look it up.
    Under "Tax distribution"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxation_in_the_United_States

  • WRALblows Feb 24, 2010

    "Yep, all those evil capitalists who make money."

    Ah yes colliedave, the stale, old call to capitalism above anything else! Doesn't matter if you steal it, coerce it, take it or hurt anyone in the process. As long as it makes money anything's game right?

    Luckily I don't share your upstanding "capitalist" morals. Nor do I share your opinion that wealthy people create jobs. Sorry to bust the fallacy guy but - wealthy people eliminate jobs for profit. That's why they are wealthy people. I suppose you also believe there's no such thing as a conflict of interest as long as someone's getting extremely rich huh?

    Had to rant because it's your tired opinions that have put this country where it is. Believe it or not, the aristocracy is not so great to the rest of us.

  • WRALblows Feb 24, 2010

    "Take that nonsense triangle transit plan for light rail."

    I think it's interesting that the TTA bought the old Dillon Supply building in downtown Raleigh for the purpose of making it the central hub. They paid over $10 million in tax payer dollars and it's been empty for almost five years. Except for the occasional bum in the back warehouse.

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